Former Hamilton Bulldog Peter Vandermeer has signed with the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Washington is the parent club for the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Vandermeer, 30, is entering his 11th professional season and is a veteran of 447 career AHL games. Last season, as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the 6-foot, 210-pound native of Red Deer, Alberta, had six goals and six assists in 67 games while accumulating 276 penalty minutes.
Vandermeer has posted four AHL seasons with 300-plus penalty minutes, and currently ranks sixth on the league’s all-time list with 2,035 PIM. In parts of nine AHL seasons with Hamilton, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Providence, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester, Vandermeer has also recorded 49 goals and 56 assists for 105 points.
The left winger became a free agent at the end of the 2005-06 campaign.
The AHL is the top development league for National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of NHL players are AHL graduates, and more than 350 AHL players were recalled to the NHL during the 2005-2006 season alone.